Enjoy good food with cold weather and a breathtaking view on a budget.
Roughly two hours away from the beating heart of the metropolis, Tagaytay is one of the closest destinations for a quick break from Metro Manila’s hustle and bustle.
Aside from its picturesque view of the Taal Volcano and cool breeze all day, the tourist spot is also known as a haven for foodies who crave barako coffee, deep-fried tawilis, and steaming-hot bulalo. Ready to partake in Tagaytay’s gastronomical treats on a budget? We’ve prepared a list of places you can visit over the weekend—or any weekend.
581 Aguinaldo Highway
An essential stop for tourists who are looking for affordable grub on the go. Mushroom Burger has proven that the secret to its longevity is simply creating amazing, well, mushroom burgers. Since 1980, this humble fastfood joint has served nothing but insanely good burgers stuffed with patties made of abalone, oyster, wooden ear, and shiitake mushrooms. Their burgers, which come in eight variants, range from P72 to P175, all served with fries and a regular drink. If you don’t feel like munching on burgers, they also have rice meals ranging from P105 to P125, as well as chicken and spaghetti meal (P118).
Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway (near Pura Verde Resort and Hotel)
People who go to Tagaytay make sure they don’t miss the place’s special offer: the bulalo, a hearty beef stew sure to give you warmth on a cold day. At Bulalo Point, you can have a huge serving of the dish, good for three people, for only P350. Apart from their famous bulalo, you can also order their crispy tawilis (P190/order), kare-kare (P270/order), and grilled tanigue (P250/order). The best part? You can have your meals while enjoying the magnificent view of the Taal Lake.
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With ingredients cooked straight from the market, Mahogany Market make sure are served quality meals despite its carinderia setup. Among the most favorite Filipino dishes served there are the crispy tawilis (P100), kalderetang baka (P100), gotong Batangas (P100), and a humongous bowl of bulalo (P350). Want to sweeten the deal? They serve free-flowing barako coffee and eat-all-you-can bananas. Pro-tip: instead of going to the usual breakfast places in Tagaytay, head to Mahogany instead to get your morning meals fresh off the cauldron.
Aguinaldo Highway (near Total)
If you want the all-time favorite breakfast and some more while cruising the highways of Tagaytay, swing by Mer-Ben Tapsilogan. Choose from a wide assortment of -silog meals like the classic tapsilog (P85), porksilog (P90), and tosilog (P85). They also offer all-time favorites like lechong kawali (P180), crispy tawilis (P180), and other sumptuous Filipino dishes. For maximum savings, you can order their set meals for five to six people like the pinakbet (P250), chopsuey (P300), and sisig (P500).
Santa Rosa Road, Francisco
Loumar’s is one of the most famous names people think of whenever they buy pasalubong for friends and family. While they offer boxes of insanely delicious tarts and others desserts, Loumar’s is also a short stop for tourists looking for budget meals that do not compromise flavor and serving. Among the house favorites are sinigang na liempo (P230), pinakbet with lechon (P180), nilasing na hipon (P190), and Loumar’s Overload pizza (P290). However, a trip to their café isn’t complete without a taste of their desserts: sansrival (P120), sylvanas (P120), and their famous blueberry cheese tart (P45). –Dino Mari Testa